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    Hengesbach scored her 2,000th career point in Wednesday's upset win over No. 2 St. Francis (IL)
    Hengesbach scored her 2,000th career point in Wednesday's upset win over No. 2 St. Francis (IL)
    Women's Basketball - D1-D2 - Thu, Jan. 14, 2016

    JOLIET, Ill. – Wednesday's 116-97 upset win over No. 2 University of St. Francis (Ill.) was just the beginning to an exciting, historical night for the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team. It was their seventh consecutive win and gave them the lead in the CCAC South Division via a tiebreaker. Yet, one Tiger reached a career milestone that is rarely achieved and she did so by recording a fourth double-double in five games.

    Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) needed 13 points to accumulate 2,000 for his career and finished with 27 against St. Francis (IL) (16-2, 8-1). She recorded her 2,000th point on a lay-up with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter. Hengesbach went 10-for-17 from the field, 1-for-4 from the three-point line and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. She added 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals in 21 minutes. During her two seasons at Olivet, she has scored 962 points of her 2,014 total. Hengesbach also has 286 assists while at ONU, good for 12th all-time, and 178 steals while at ONU, good for 16th.

    ONU (15-3, 8-1) knew they had their hands full with the second ranked team in NAIA Division II and in the first quarter they found themselves trailing for its entirety as they only scored 20 points. However, the second quarter would help revive their offense and it started with their pressure. For the last five minutes of the half the Saints turned the ball over six times resulting in an 18-6 run for the Tigers and a 52-46 lead. 

    In the final 20 minutes the Tigers didn't take long to increase their lead to double digits and it started with five quick points from Abbey Hengesbach. With 7:40 remaining in the third quarter the Tigers led by 17 but only two minutes later the Saints found a way to cut the deficit to only seven, 65-58. However, Olivet was able to build their lead back to double digits with back-to-back three-pointers from Hengesbach and Ally Giampapa, giving ONU the momentum to finish the quarter up 12. ONU began the fourth quarter on a 9-5 run to take a 16-point lead with 7:58 to play and only four minutes later led by 25, their largest lead of the game. The Tigers never let the Saints back within 20 points for the final four minutes giving them their biggest win of the season so far.

    Against the Saints, the Tigers forced 25 turnovers and scored 30 points off those possessions. ONU had 11 steals and 20 offensive rebounds.  The Tigers had 26 second chance points to only 15 for the Saints. The Tigers committed 16 turnovers of their own and allowed only 16 points off those turnovers.

    ONU shot 43.8 percent from the field and 34.0 behind the arc making 17-for-50 while St. Francis only made three. The Saints shot 52.4 percent and 37.5 from the three-point line. The Tigers managed five more field goal attempts than the Saints and 17 more free-throw attempts, making 15 more.

    ONU's second-leading scorer, Ally Giampapa, finished with 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting and 4-for-10 from three-point line. She added three rebounds and two steals. Maggie Schmidt led the Tigers in the paint with 12 points and seven rebounds, making 4-of-7 field goals and 4-for-6 free-throws. Jayne Stuart scored 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting and 4-for-6 from the three-point line. She added four assists giving her 326 for her career, good for 11th all-time. Carlee Nicolas had 17 points making 4-of-9 three-pointers and 3-of-4 free-throws. Jess Learned went for seven points and 10 rebounds.

    ONU will travel to play CCAC opponent Trinity International University (Ill.) on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m.